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Banff

View of Bow River Valley from Sulphur Mountain.

SPEAKING OF TRAVEL Vickie Kelber Ninety minutes from Calgary, in the Bow River Valley, Banff is the unofficial capital of Alberta’s Canadian Rockies. Located within Banff National Park, its development is tightly controlled. The population is capped at 10,000; only those with a “need to reside” can live there and businesses must provide accommodations for employees. Banff was developed in the late 1800s for tourism; even the main street was built to afford the best views of nearby Mt. Rundle. Its commercial center, with its variety of stores, mini malls, restaurants, coffee and toffee shops, is very busy. What impressed me ... Read More »

Family Fun at YMCA Healthy Kids Day & Duck Derby

At last year’s event, Marco Island’s Fire-Rescue Department sends the plastic ducks on their way.

By Don Manley The Greater Marco Family YMCA will again present a wide-ranging assortment of fun activities, and healthy living information for the entire family at its annual Healthy Kids Day and Duck Derby. Set for April 30 at the organization’s Sand Hill Street campus, the dual events are held back to back, starting with Healthy Kids Day, which runs from 8 AM to 12:30 PM, when the 21st Annual Duck Derby fundraiser begins. Healthy Kids Day is a national YMCA initiative that mixes fun activities with education and information designed to promote healthy lifestyle choices among youth. The Duck ... Read More »

Happy Hour for Hope

All laughs at the less crowded upstairs bar.

By Samantha Husted sam@coastalbreezenews.com On April 25, Marco Island Meals of Hope held their “Happy Hour for Hope” aboard the Marco Island Princess. The 90-foot Princess stayed docked at Rose Marina for the event, allowing people to come and go as they pleased. The Happy Hour for Hope events, which take place monthly, are part of Meals of Hope’s year-long fundraising effort. Meals of Hope is an IRC 501 (c) (3) charitable entity which packages and distributes meals to needy Collier County families. Donations are accepted and may be sent to Chairman Bill Morris at the Law Offices of William ... Read More »

DAR Honors Leaders

Former regents, from left: Joanne Moore, Kay Ziegler,
Carolyn Brown, Judy Kenny and Barbara Messere.
Photos by Chris Curle

Submitted  The final meeting of the season for Marco Island’s Daughters of the American Revolution included a look back at the leadership of the chapter since its establishment in 1976 and a look forward with the honoring of outstanding local students. Each year, Marco’s DAR presents a bronze medal to a JROTC cadet at Lely High School The cadet must rank in the upper 25% of the class in both JROTC and academic subjects, must have demonstrated qualities of dependability, good character, adherence to military discipline, leadership ability and an understanding of the importance of ROTC training. This year, Cadet ... Read More »

Diamonds…what’s the hype all about?

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ALL THAT GLITTERS Richard Alan harborgoldsmith@comcast.net I remember the time I overheard a soon-to-be-engaged gentleman mumbling under his breath while one of my sales staff was gift wrapping his diamond engagement ring purchase. “Why can’t my lady be satisfied with a small chip of granite?” I laughed, and said try presenting his love with a granite and gold engagement ring and see how he makes out. But honestly, diamonds are one of the few small things that can cost as little as $20 to an outrageous $12 million or more, and still be worn on a lady’s finger. I have been ... Read More »

Birds Among the Mangroves

A year-round Florida resident, this Limpkin was recently seen feeding along Collier Boulevard.

Stepping Stones Bob McConville Master Naturalist Look! Up in the sky! It’s a bird, it’s a plane! It’s a visitor from another planet! Wait a minute…it’s a bird. As some of our winter, feathered friends have left the Marco Island area, others are arriving to join our year-round residents. The white pelicans that were seen in the Tigertail Lagoon and Marsh Trail are back up north. Boasting the second largest wingspan of any North American bird, these graceful flyers have returned to their northernmost states and Canada for their summer breeding season. The peregrine falcon, which stops in the Marco ... Read More »

Knowing When to Ask for Help

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ASK THE CFP® PRACTITIONER Darcie Guerin darcie.guerin@raymondjames.com Humble people ask for help.” – Joyce Meyer, American Author Question: I’m not sure if I need the help of a financial advisor. At what point should someone seek professional help with their finances? Answer: Most of our new clients approach us when there is a significant change in their lives such as preparing for retirement, marriage, divorce, or a death in the family or relocation to Southwest Florida. If there is a diminished interest in overseeing your own investment portfolio and the desire to have a face-to-face relationship with a professional it may be ... Read More »

Auntie Mame Wows Calusa Garden Club

Jackie Purvis and Marsha Riss.

Submitted  Living life to the fullest personified Auntie Mame’s approach to life. “Auntie Mame” was a successful movie and Broadway play about Patrick, a 10-year-old orphan who comes to live with his rich, free-spirited, irreverent, madcap, eccentric aunt in New York City. It was there that Auntie Mame taught her nephew how to live life to the fullest. It was the Calusa Garden Club’s year-end luncheon at the Marco Island Yacht Club and the club wanted something truly creative to mark the end of their season. They invited Kathleen Hawryluk, floral designer extraordinaire, aka Auntie Mame, as their guest presenter. ... Read More »

Celebrate Israel’s 68th Anniversary

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Submitted  On Sunday, May 15 from 1 to 4 PM, adults and children of all ages are invited to participate in a multi-cultural celebration to honor the 68th Anniversary of Israel’s Independence. The event, sponsored by the Israel Advocacy Committee of the Jewish Federation of Collier County, will be held on the lawn area of the Mercato, near Vanderbilt Beach Road and Tamiami Trail North in Naples. Admission is free, and everyone is invited! There will be activities for all ages including Israeli singing and dancing, crafts, a Mount Masada climbing wall and, of course, Israeli food. All proceeds benefit ... Read More »

Fishing the 10,000 Islands in May

Jeff with a nice black drum caught on a Captain Rapps Charter.

FOLLOW THE FISH Capt. Pete Rapps CaptainRapps@Outlook.com Spring has sprung, and with it, it brings one of the best months for fishing: May. Because of the mild and dry weather patterns and light wind, May is the perfect month to enjoy our local waters. The water is warming up into the 80s, attracting the fish to set out on their annual migration from the back country waters into the near Gulf flats and island areas. In May the new moon falls on the 7th and full moon on the 22nd. May is one of the months that we will not have ... Read More »

Miller’s Valley

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BOOK REMARKS  Maggie Gust winetaster13@gmail.com “There is nothing I value more than the closeness of friends and family, a smile as I pass someone on the street.”  Willie Stargell I enjoyed this book. Mary Margaret Miller narrates her story which is centered around the state’s decision to permanently flood the farmland of Miller’s Valley. During the time since the government built a dam and redirected the river, the valley was flooding every few years anyway. Every flood would drive a few more families away, those who were not willing or not able to rebuild and wait for the next flood. Mary ... Read More »

Writers Helping Writers

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Submitted On May 11, 2016, join Marco Island Writers, Inc. for a meeting and pot luck social. The Flash Fiction topic to be shared with the group is “One Happy Memory,” length is 1,500 words or less. Thanks to Pauline Hayton, our Anthology Book chair, for sharing some methods to stimulate our creativity and expand our interests and skills in the writing process at the April meeting. Also, we greatly appreciate all of you for supporting our members at the Farmers Market this season. We hope to see you again next season. Marco Island Writers, Inc. is open to writers ... Read More »

Breast Cancer Screening – When and How?

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Submitted Within the last few years, there have been several different recommendations for when and how often women should be screened for breast cancer. On May 11, as part of the Healthy Lecture Series, Dr. Margaret Taha will discuss the data supporting breast cancer screening, along with the latest recommendations and newest diagnostic imaging tests. Dr. Taha received her medical degree from Michigan State University College of Human Medicine. She completed a diagnostic radiology residency at William Beaumont Hospital in Royal Oak, Michigan, and later completed a fellowship in breast and body imaging, also at Beaumont Hospital. Dr. Taha is ... Read More »

Local Guidebook for Kids Wins Award

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Submitted The Independent Book Publishers Association awarded “A (mostly) Kids’ Guide to Naples, Marco Island, & The Everglades” its Silver Benjamin Franklin Award, making it runner up for the Top Travel Book of 2015. Published by Naples-based Mostly Kids’ Guides, LLC, the book is the only winner featuring a U.S. destination. The other two winners featured Paris, France and Naples, Italy. The Benjamin Franklin Awards are regarded among the highest publishing honors recognizing excellence in book editorial and design. Nationally known travel journalist and book author Karen T. Bartlett is the founder of Mostly Kids’ Guides. She has been a ... Read More »

Goodlanders Open Hearts and Wallets – Again

Photo By Judy Wittwer

Goodland Life  By Barry Gwinn On April 2nd, the Goodland Civic Association put on its 4th annual Spring Fling, the immensely popular town barbecue where guests need bring nothing but their appetites. “It is our way of wrapping up the season and thanking our members and friends for their support during the year,” said GCA President Greg Bello. Bello, who chaired the event, estimated more than 350 in attendance. Lou Van Meter, Lynn Albee and Richard Welsh cooked the food donated by Goodland’s excellent restaurants (plus Kirk Fish Company). “We cooked over 500 [total] hotdogs (from Little Bar), and hamburger ... Read More »

It’s Personal

A recent beach yoga practice, presenting a wide variety of “trees” on the beach. Photo By Laurie Kasperbauer

MIND, BODY And Spirit Laurie Kasperbauer  lkasperbauer@gmail.com “Start where you are. Use what you have. Do what you can.” – Arthur Ashe Growing up in Iowa I was lucky enough to go on family vacations every summer. Four kids and my parents packed ourselves in a four-door Oldsmobile, pulling a pop-up camper with attached bicycles and coolers and fishing rods projecting like appendages on a bug. Our destination might be a lake in Minnesota or a valley in Colorado, but it always included a campground with plenty of space to wander and a ring of stones for a fire. And ... Read More »

Condos List and Sell Year Round on Marco Island

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CONDO  REPORT Gary & Sandy Elliott www.marcoislandcondoguy.net www.SandyElliottInteriors.com Over the last four years 560 condos, on average, change owners every year on Marco Island. The biggest month for closings is April when an average 76 condos sell, followed by May when 63 condos sell. The slowest month on average is November when 32 condos sell or 42% of the peak month of April. Altogether there are about 11,000 condos on Marco Island, so about 5% change hands every year. On a quarterly basis the first quarter of the year sees 129 condos or 23% of the condos sell; second quarter ... Read More »

Serve It Up

Roger Federer prepares to throw in an upward motion to the ball. Submitted Photos

COACH WAYNE’S CORNER Wayne Clark WClark@cityofmarcoisland.com Arguably, the most important shot in the sports of tennis and pickleball is the serve. In tennis, holding serve is an important factor in staying on a winning course and maintaining a positive attitude. This is even more of a factor in pickleball, because I can only score points when I’m serving and I only get one serve! The basic premise of a winning strategy in both games is very simple, be the last person to hit the ball over the net and inside the lines and you win the point. With that said, if we ... Read More »

The House of Horrors – Part VI Aha! Is That a Tunnel I See Before Me?

A lovely new aqua glass and white tile backsplash sets off the quartzite counters. Photos by Carol Glassman

By Carol Glassman The day after the new kitchen cabinets arrived was Friday, March 18 and we all know how much work is usually accomplished at the end of a week: almost as if the Lord declared a day of rest in order to get ready for a few days of more rest. I was up and ready to admit workers at an early hour, and as usual sat around for three more hours until they actually arrived. I must admit I was a little dubious when two rather slight fellows, we’ll call them Joe and Moe because they looked ... Read More »

Historical Society Volunteers Recognized

The Marco Island Historical Society’s talented team. Submitted Photo

Submitted It takes a village, or in this case, an island to keep the Marco Island Historical Society (MIHS) and Museum running smoothly. Recently the volunteers who dedicate their time and talent were recognized and thanked at a reception held in their honor at the museum. The reception was the culmination of a weeklong celebration of the people who give so generously of themselves to preserve the history and heritage of our island. Pat Rutledge, president and executive director of the Marco Island Historical Society and Jennifer Perry, Collier County museum manager expressed their appreciation for all that the volunteers ... Read More »